Thursday, August 8,2019
No fewer than 52 pharmacies, patent medicine stores and unlicensed premises at Isolo, Egbeda, Ikotun, Bariga and Somolu in Oshodi-Isolo, Alimosho and Somolu local government areas of Lagos were sealed on Tuesday by the Lagos State Task Force on Counterfeit, Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods for offences bordering on illegal operation and operating beyond scope, among others, the Permanent Secretary, Lagos State Ministry of Health, Dr. Titilayo Goncalves has said.
A Press release signed by the Director, Public Affairs, Mr. Tunbosun Ogunbanwo, on Thursday, stated that Goncalves disclosed this when she received the report of the operation by the task force.
She explained that the affected pharmacies and patent medicine shops indulged in the practice of operating without license, engaging unqualified persons to man and dispense drugs to unsuspecting citizens, operating beyond scope through sale of ethical products and displaying and storing drugs in environments that compromise the potency and integrity of the drugs, thereby rendering them ineffective.
“Although some of the pharmacies visited were registered, it is disheartening to note that quite a number of them had no qualified pharmacists on duty and displayed expired drugs for sale to the public,” she said.
Goncalves added that some of the premises visited also engaged in illegal clinical practices such as patient admission and setting of intravenous infusions. She noted that such practice is unacceptable and vowed that the State Government will do whatever is necessary to enforce the law and sanction erring operators.
“The sealing off of the affected pharmacies and patent medicine stores was in accordance with the provisions of Section C34 of the Counterfeit, Fake Drugs and Unwholesome Processed Foods Miscellaneous Provision Act of 1999, No. 25,” she said.
The Permanent Secretary stated that licensed patent medicine vendors are authorised to sell only drug products in their original packs in approved pack size as produced by the manufacturing companies.
“The law prohibits dispensing and wholesaling of drugs by patent medicine vendors,” she warned.
Speaking in the same vein, Director, Pharmaceutical Services in the Ministry, Dr. Moyosore Adejumo, said the state government would not relent in its efforts to stop the inherent dangers associated with the operations of unlicensed pharmaceutical outlets and drug shops.
“This closure is thus part of the government’s renewed efforts to sanitise the drug distribution system and curb proliferation of fake drugs in the State” Adejumo said.
She explained that an investigative meeting would be held with owners of the sealed premises to make further inquiries on the status of the sealed premises and to notify them of the procedures and appropriate conditions to be met for reopening in line with government regulations and payment of administrative fee.